FBI Chief Mueller: Home-Grown Terror Makes Patriot Act Vital
Home-Grown Terror Excuse to Extend Patriot Act
FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III wants two “exceptional” investigational provisions of the USA Patriot Act – both set to expire in December – to get new life for the good of national security.
Mueller told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday that national security investigations would be hampered without being able to get certain business records without notice to the target, and without being able to use a single warrant that covers all of a suspect’s electronic gadgetry.
Mueller said his agents used the former provision about 220 times between 2004 and 2007 and that the latter roving wiretap of terrorism suspects was used 147 times, according to a report in the Washington Post.